Lancaster – About 200 children are registered to take part in this year's Kids in College at Ohio University Lancaster. This is the 34th year of the program and it runs for three weeks starting Monday, June 10.
Kids in College is a program that provides students entering the 4th through 9th grades the opportunity to get hands-on experience over the summer that reinforces the knowledge and instruction they received in school. It also introduces highly motivated students to a college campus and gives students the chance to interact with university professors. Class enrollment is limited so that students can receive individual attention.
"The most popular classes this year appear to be Marine Biology, Crash Test Dummies, Chemistry, and Forensic Science," said Maryann Lape, Kids in College coordinator. "We do have several new dance and art courses that should be exciting for the children."
The classes are held in two separate sessions. There is a morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is a supervised lunch period from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can attend just one or two weeks of classes or they can attend all three weeks.
"For the last project in the Crash Test Dummies class, the students make a car and have an egg in it and they slide it down a slide and see if egg doesn't break," said Lape. "During the week they do all sorts of different things where they learn physics without realizing they are learning physics."
Last year, Kids in College set a record for attendance. 237 students registered for classes during the three week run.
"I think Kids in College is just a neat program for the kids and it enriches what they already learned in school. It also allows them to pick up arts and things that they might not get in school," said Lape. "I have had several students that came to Kids in College and end up going to school here for college. Kids in College does help take the fear out of going on to a college campus."
Children can still register for Kids in College. The registration may be completed by mail or in person at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus, Community and Corporate Learning Office, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH 43130. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Except 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Monday through Friday.